Friday, 26 August 2011

A good variety of birds were present on the island today, and the numbers of migrants had also greatly increased. As well as the two Icterine Warblers on the island (the ringed bird in Cristin Withy and one in Nant garden), a Melodious Warbler was found in Plas Withy at Midday. This very elusive bird was seen once or twice over five hours, and also avoided the mist nets.

A decent scattering of migrants included a Pied Flycatcher in Ty Capel garden, two Spotted Flycatchers at nant and Cristin, a Lesser Whitethroat on pencristin and a Blackcap and a Garden Warbler around the nant area. A total of 113 Willow Warblers was a large increase in comparison to recently, whilst nine Tree Pipits and two Grey Wagtails flew overhead in the morning. 

Two Sanderlings, nine Knots and two Common Sandpipers were among the usual waders around the narrows, with today's totals amounting to: four Ringed Plovers, eight Dunlins,  two Whimbrels, 44 Curlews, 17 Redshanks and 57 Turnstones. A Grey Heron and four Black headed Gulls were also seen.

This is the second Icterine Warbler to grace Nant Garden this week.
 Pied Flycatcher
Another good fall of Willow Warblers took place today

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